Ideas come dramatically (or... I have fun in front of a camera)

Mathilda Wheeler writes fiction for children of all ages, pulling ideas and emotions from her childhood in Buffalo, NY, where she was raised the middle of five girls.  Her own children inspire her (and keep her humble) with humor, angst, and love. Credits  include “Lindsay Plays Dead” (Tiny Lights, Fall 2008) and “The Present” (Whatcom Writes!, Holiday/Year’s End 1998).  Mathilda lives in Bellingham, WA, where she writes, acts, directs children’s theater, and plays with art as much as she can.

Her short story, “Moving On,” won 7th place in the Children’s/ Young Adult Fiction division for the Writers Digest 80th Short Story Contest in 2011. She is currently studying at the National Institute of Literary Arts (NILA),  a candiadate for an MFA in creative writing, with a focus on childrens and young adult.

16 Responses to About

  1. Nancy says:

    Great job, Mattie. I’d know your whale anywhere.
    Love the words and I just love the way certain words feel as they tumble out of our mouth.

  2. jan c says:

    You’re an inspiration, Mattie!

  3. Jonna Ramey says:

    Last night I heard Petaluma Readers Theater read your story “Lindsay Plays Dead.” Wonderful story. I would like to share it with my sister. How can I get a copy?

    • WW says:

      How wonderful! I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to hear they were including my story in their production, and I couldn’t be more tickled that you got a kick out of it. I hope I’ll be able to see it online.

      Here’s a link to Tiny Lights, a Journal of Personal Narrative. Susan Bono is the editor and I’ll bet you can get a copy through her. “Lindsay Plays Dead” was published in their Fall, 2008 issue. Let me know if that doesn’t work!

    • Since I realize rights returned to me, I posted “Lindsay Plays Dead” on my writing samples page, so you can read it here (if you’re still interested).

  4. Hey, Til-This is great, and I love your whale. How come I can’t leave comments on individual blog entries. I gave my name as Crossing Rebecca because that’s how I leave comments on other internet sites. Might as well build up some consistency here.

    • admin says:

      I don’t know, Beck. I don’t know much about this wild and crazy techno-world. It may be that you have to register in the world of wordpress (ie. MY world.) Thanks for the head’s up and I’ll try to find an answer! — WW

  5. eliz says:

    Til, this is all so cool-e-o. Great whale. I think you SHOULD illustrate books. ANd write them too, of course. What fun! Lizzie

  6. Judink says:

    Great blog, Mattie. I clicked on subscribe on the home page, but didn’t get anything to fill in, so don’t know if it took or not. Words, art, acting: a combination that can’t be beat. How about a post about finding time? That’s the toughest for me lately.

  7. Kjersten says:

    Fun blog, Mattie! Just found it. Love the picture above. I’ll look forward to future posts. I wasn’t able to post on your actual blog posts though, FYI. Enjoyed them!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I love it. I hope you keep it up. 🙂

    • Me too! I’m not sure why I’ve lost the capacity for people to comment on my posts. It makes me very unhappy, like I’m a techno-LOSER.

      • Mathilda says:

        Thanks to wonderful helpers at WordPress, people can comment on my posts again! Yay — now on to other issues, like learning about twitter, that mystery “subscribe here” button, etc. 🙂

  9. I’m having a small issue I cannot make my reader pick up your feed, I’m using google reader by the way.

    • Mathilda says:

      I’m such a newbie at this. Does that mean you can’t subscribe or … what? It’s taking me a long time to work out the kinks. I’m thrilled each time I hear someone has read my posts.

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